Posted by: atowhee | April 23, 2009

The laggards, the newbies

The American Goldfinches now dominate our garden feeders.  img_6920

img_6901There are two laggard Juncos still around today.  The Goldfinches’ bright yellow and showy black foreheads echo the old tones of spring around here: Oregon grape in an equally deep yellow, the local bumblebees mostly black with a single bold golden abdominal stripe, and a slew of “buttercups” plus the ubiquitous dandelion.  Even in bright spring feathers the Juncos sports the somber, muted wintry gray and black and a soot-spattered white.  They will all be gone soon, taking their shades into the shadows of the deep mountainside forest.  There the grays and charcoal tones will blend into the perpetual dusk beneath the pine and fir and spruce.

We had our first garden warbler today.  A singing Nashville passed through the canopy, heading northward.

For the first time today there were Tree Swallows above our bit of mountain slope.  And one Violet-green.

Location:     243 Granite Street, Ashland
Observation date:     4/22/09
Number of species:     12

Mourning Dove     6
Barn Owl     1
Western Screech-Owl     1
Anna’s Hummingbird     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Steller’s Jay     5
Black-capped Chickadee     1
American Robin     2
Spotted Towhee     2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)     0
Pine Siskin     4
Lesser Goldfinch     8
American Goldfinch     30

Location:     243 Granite Street, Ashland
Observation date:     4/23/09
Number of species:     14

Turkey Vulture     4
Mourning Dove     6
Barn Owl     1
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)     1
Steller’s Jay     4
Common Raven     1
Tree Swallow     5
Violet-green Swallow     1
Black-capped Chickadee     1
Nashville Warbler     1
Spotted Towhee     1
Pine Siskin     4
Lesser Goldfinch     6
American Goldfinch     20


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